MILLERSVILLE, Pa. — A multitude of players on the Bloomsburg had career-defining moments Saturday. In doing so, the No. 7 Huskies rolled to a 38-14 victory against Millersville in PSAC Eastern Division action at Chryst Field at Biemesderfer Stadium.
The Huskies (6-0 overall, 3-0 PSAC East) remain undefeated with the win in one of its best defensive performances of the season. The 14 points scored by the Marauders (1-5, 0-3) tied for a season-low for the Huskies. It was also the 13th consecutive Bloomsburg win against Millersville.
Larry Webster, the PSAC’s leader in sacks, caught his first touchdown pass of the season on Saturday. He caught a three-yard pass in the corner of the end zone for Bloomsburg’s third touchdown of the day. Webster also registered a half sack to increase his season total to eight.
Bloomsburg had one of its exciting defensive moments of the season against the Marauders. With MU attempting to get on the board with a field goal deep in BU territory, sophomore Cole Parkinson roared around the edge and blocked the MU attempt. Senior Terrell Oglesby picked up the loose ball and returned it 92 yards for a touchdown to give the Huskies a 35-0 lead entering halftime.
Junior kicker Dan Fisher moved into fourth place on the PSAC career field goal list. Fisher booted a 32-yarder on the opening drive of the second half, his eighth of the season and 45th of his career.
Bloomsburg gained 340 of its 445 total yards on the ground, as Millersville threw for 313 of its 400 total yards. Saturday continued Bloomsburg’s dominance in the rushing attack. It has rushed for 300 or more yards in five of its six games this season, tying for the most in a season under head coach Danny Hale.
No. 1 Pittsburg State 30, Central Missouri 21
PITTSBURG — Tony Abenoja tossed a two-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brady Letchworth with 6:20 remaining in the game to help seal a 30-21 victory for No. 1 Pittsburg State against Central Missouri.
Abenoja completed 23-of-38 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns in the contest. John Brown made nine catches for a game-high 157 yards, including a 13-yard first quarter touchdown catch. Luke Rampy also had nine catches for a career-best 144 yards for the Gorillas.
Jason Spradling rushed the ball 18 times for 134 yards. The Gorillas rushed the ball 40 times for 171 yards in the contest.
For the Mules, Smith completed 16-of-32 passes for 256 yards. He also carried the ball 14 times for one yard and two scores. Smith had 54 yards gained but lost 53 yards as the Gorillas registered six QB sacks.
Nate Dreiling led Pittsburg State with 10 tackles, while Jason Peete added eight stops. Marquise Cushon registered 1.5 QB sacks and blocked a punt in the contest.
No. 2 Colorado State-Pueblo 45, Chadron State 38
PUEBLO, Colo. — After falling 21-3 early in the first half against Chadron State, CSU-Pueblo persevered with a thrilling 45-38 overtime win in its homecoming showdown. The Pack increases its regular-season winning streak to a national-best 21 in the process.
Though J.B. Mathews had another strong performance with 176 yards and a touchdown, he was forced to leave the game with a foot injury mid-way through the third quarter. Freshman running back Cameron McDondle was able to step in and pick up where Mathews left off.
“We were kind of beat up at the running back position,” head coach John Wristen said. “That young freshman came in and was able to make some good things happen, so it was nice to see him come in and have some success.”
McDondle carried the load of the running game most of the fourth quarter and came up two yards shy of his first 100-yard game, ending with 98 yards and two scores.
CSU-Pueblo had 312 yards on the ground, while Chadron State had 300 yards.
“It is really a mark of our foundation,” Wristen said. “I really believe if your foundation is dug deep, you are able to weather the storm and there were a number of storms during the game that we were able to overcome out there today.”
Ferris State 40, No. 3 Grand Valley State 24
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Ferris State rallied back from a 17-point first quarter deficit to stun third-ranked Grand Valley State 40-24 on Saturday to capture the Anchor-Bone Trophy at Lubbers Stadium.
The Bulldogs posted their first win against the Lakers since 1999 as three players rushed for more than 100 yards in FSU’s first meeting with the Lakers under new head coach Tony Annese.
A sellout crowd of more than 13,000 fans witnessed the Bulldogs’ upset GVSU, which came on the heels of 536 yards of total offense including 457 on the ground.
Jason Vander Laan ran for 185 yards and two scores while Ringer added 131 yards and Jackson ran for 107 yards. Vander Laan also threw for 79 yards on 10-of-17 passes.
The Lakers totaled 363 yards on 62 plays with 175 coming on the ground and 188 in the air on 14-of-34 passing for Isiah Grimes. He was intercepted once by FSU senior Jaime Barerra late in the fourth quarter, which helped preserve the win.
Senior linebacker Tayo Moss led the Bulldog defense with 14 stops while Jordan Morgan had nine. Charles Hill paced GVSU with 10 tackles.
No. 5 Missouri Western 45, Northeastern State 31
TAHLEQUAH, Okla., — No. 5 Missouri Western improved to 6-0 for just the second time in program history (1981) with a 45-31 victory against Northeastern State. Missouri Western’s defense surrendered first quarter points for the first time in 2012 and the Griffons faced their first deficit of the season after falling behind 3-0 early.
The Griffon offense rolled up 466 total yards and the defense gave up 436 yards to the RiverHawks. Michael Hill rushed for 195 yards on 31 carries and rushed for one touchdown.
Travis Partridge completed 17-of-28 pass attempts for 229 yards and four touchdowns. Partridge also threw two interceptions, the Griffons’ only two turnovers on the day. Tarrell Downing and Reggie Jordan each hauled in four passes, with Jordan hauling in two TD catches and Downing adding one of his own. Kyle Knox caught three passes for a team-high 71 yards.
Ben Pister stood out defensively, collecting six total tackles, with five tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a sack and broke up three passes. Nick Williams led the Griffons with seven solo tackles. Austin Baska added a sack and Dan Ritter collected his first career interception in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
No. 6 New Haven 65, Assumption 7
WEST HAVEN, Conn. — No. 6 New Haven took advantage of five first-half turnovers by Assumption to build a 45-7 halftime lead against the Hounds, en route to a 65-7 victory on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at DellaCamera Stadium. The all-time series is now even at 2-2.
New Haven quarterback Ronnie Nelson threw for 255 yards and six touchdowns in the rout.
Sophomore Devon Barrett led Assumption with 14 tackles in the game.
With the loss, Assumption falls to 1-5 on the season and 1-4 in Northeast-10 play, while New Haven remains unbeaten at 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the league.
No. 8 Northwest Missouri State 70, Central Oklahoma 7
EDMOND, Okla. — No. 8 Northwest Missouri State struck early and often as they overwhelmed Central Oklahoma 70-7 Saturday in MIAA football action from Wantland Stadium.
The Bearcats completed the rout to move to 5-1 on the season and 4-1 in MIAA play. UCO fell to 1-5 overall and 1-5 in their first MIAA season.
It took Northwest just 53 seconds to strike first as Trevor Adams hit Tyler Shaw for a 61-yard touchdown strike down the middle of the field. Adams and Shaw would hook-up again just over a minute later to make it 14-0 and again in the third quarter.
Adams tied a Northwest school record with five touchdown passes in the game — a record he tied last season. The junior finished the day 10-of-12 with one interception as he now shares the record with five other players.
Jordan Simmons added three touchdowns, one on the ground, one receiving and one on a 90-yard kickoff return. The kickoff return for Simmons was the fourth of his career setting a Northwest and MIAA record for most kickoff returns for a touchdown in a career.
No. 9 Ashland 44, Ohio Dominican 21
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Taylor Housewright sliced up the Ohio Dominican Panthers for 285 passing yards and two touchdowns as ninth-ranked Ashland left ODU’s Panther Field with a 44-21 victory.
Housewright directed scoring drives of 80 yards (nine plays), 84 yards (12 plays), 78 yards (nine plays), 80 yards (seven plays) and 81 yards (14 plays). He completed 28 of 43 passes, rushed for 22 yards on five carries and punted three times and averaged 37.7 ypp. The Eagles were 9-of-19 on third down and 4-of-5 (80 percent) on fourth down. AU led in total yards 556-278.
AU is 6-0 for the first time since the 1991 season. Ashland is 5-0 in the GLIAC.
No. 10 Minnesota-Duluth 45, Minnesota State-Moorhead 14
DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota Duluth defeated Minnesota State-Moorhead 45-14 on Saturday. The No. 10 Bulldogs reeled off the game’s final 24 points while improving to 5-1 overall and downing the winless Dragons (0-6) for the 11th consecutive time.
That defense ceded just 90 yards of total offense after the halftime break and, for the second straight week, recorded a season-best four sacks — including a pair by sophomore defensive end Jacob Brusehaver. Junior inside linebacker Colby Ring was credited with a team-high 10 total tackles while freshman linebacker Nathan Zibolski and sophomore nose tackle Buma Foncham each had six stops.
Quarterback Chase Vogler, who is 41-5 as a collegiate starter, completed 15-of-24 passes for 213 yards, but was held to a season low one touchdown got picked off once. Rookie Justin Fowlkes was his prime target, catching five passes for 81 yards.
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